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Wilde at his wittiest best - An Ideal Husband at the New Theatre, Cardiff     

Wilde at his wittiest best - An Ideal Husband at the New Theatre, Cardiff Oscar Wilde’s witty and stylish play An Ideal Husband visits the New Theatre from Monday 22 September in Sir Peter Hall’s acclaimed West End and Broadway production. Written in his usual razor sharp style this entertaining play about political intrigue amongst society’s highest ranking figures features a spectacular cast including Kate O’Mara, Tony Britton and Michael Praed.

Mrs. Cheveley, a devious woman, is immersed in the glamorous world of London parties and politics. She sets about blackmailing the British Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Sir Robert Chiltern, who she accuses of building a career on dishonour by selling a cabinet secret. Sir Robert must keep this secret from his wife for fear of tarnishing his reputation as the ideal husband. Along the way he embroils all around him in his tangled web of secrecy, intrigue and love triangles.

The glamorous Kate O’Mara, star of such TV hits including Dynasty and Bad Girls returns to the role of Mrs Cheveley, a part she originally played in the West End. Kate is joined by Dynasty co-star and veteran of television classic Robin of Sherwood, Michael Praed. Carol Royle has starred in numerous popular TV series including Heartbeat, Crossroads and most recently, Doctors. Her various stage roles have included leads in Royal Shakespeare productions of Hamlet and A Woman of No Importance. Alongside them are Robert Duncan, best known for his role as Gus in Drop the Dead Donkey, Fenella Fielding (‘Carry On’ films, Hedda Gabler) and finally, renowned actor of stage and screen Tony Britton, whose many TV successes include Don’t Wait Up and Robin’s Nest.

Written in 1895, An Ideal Husband premiered the same year at The Haymarket Theatre. The great and the good turned out for the opening night included the Prince of Wales, who would succeed to the throne in six years as Edward VII. When Wilde mentioned to the Prince that the play was too long, and might need editing, the reply was ‘Pray, do not take out a single word.’ The play was kept as it was and was an instant hit. Complete with Wilde’s trademark biting one-liners and wicked social satire, and a stellar cast, Hall’s production of An Ideal Husband is a sure crowd pleaser.

In 1999 the play was adapted for the screen for the third time in the hit film starring Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore.

An Ideal Husband is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Monday 22 – 27 September. Tickets range from £8 - £26 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at
New Theatre Cardiff  
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